Anti-violence activists joined Buffalo teachers and school district leaders in announcing the launch of a fundraising effort Monday to help Donny Bibbes, who was 8 when he survived being shot in the head.
Donny is now 10 and recently went back to school at the New York State School for the Blind in Batavia. The gunshot wound left him partially blind. He also lost his older brother, Lewis Brewer, who was fatally shot last year.
“We are here as community leaders and supportive adults to assist this boy and his family," said Charles Burgin, who organized the fundraiser to help pay Donny's medical expenses. “We also know gun violence is an ongoing issue for our families and communities in Buffalo and across the country. Just last week, we lost another group of children in Santa Fe to gun violence. We must help our children who have been impacted, and work to prevent any additional senseless violence.”
Checks made out to the Donnell Bibbes Trust Fund can be mailed to Donnell Bibbes Special Needs Trust Fund, c/o DPCC Mentor Trauma and Violence Committee, PO Box 233 Buffalo, NY 14201.
Burgin was joined by Jessica Bauer Walker, executive director of the Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo; Phil Rumore, president of the Buffalo Teachers Federation; and Eric Rosser, associate superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools.